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Poland, Italy push to halve ambition of EU 2030 targets

A year on from the Paris climate accord, the EU is putting its attention into mechanisms to reduce Europe’s greenhouse gases. The biggest of these climate laws, the so-called Effort-Sharing Regulation, is now under attack from a group of governments led by Italy and Poland. The push to halve the EU’s 2030 climate efforts comes as a new report says transport, buildings and agriculture emissions would need to be close to zero in 2050 to keep global warming below 2°C.

Published on January 6, 2017 - 14:25

Energy Efficiency and Climate reduction goals: the perfect match!

When? 
Tuesday, January 31, 2017 -
08:00 to 10:00
Where? 
European Parliament
Room ASP 5G1
1000 Brussels
Belgium

In order to strengthen the EU’s energy efficiency, as well as reduce its carbon footprint, important legislation (carbon budgets for non-ETS sectors and the Energy Efficiency Directive among others) will be negotiated this year.Kindly supported by the German Ministry for Environment, Nature Conservation, Building and Nuclear Safety (BMUB), Transport & Environment and The Coalition for Energy Savings are organising this event to explain how energy efficiency and global warming are interlinked, how to deal with these issues at European and national level, and how this will benefit multiple sectors.The event will be kindly hosted by MEP Carolina Punset (Alde, Spain).Please find the draft agenda here for more information about the event - confirmation will follow shortly.Register here before 26 January.

Published on January 2, 2017 - 11:12

Mind the Gap 2016 - Report

This report examines the difference between the official laboratory test results and real-world CO2 emissions and fuel economy of cars. It shows the current system has totally failed and explains how to fix the problems. The difference between official laboratory test results and real-world car performance is growing uncontrollably jumping from 9% in 2001 to 28% in 2012 and 42% in 2015. It is expected to reach 50% before 2020.

Published on December 21, 2016 - 08:01

European Parliament's Dieselgate report rightly identifies the failings of national regulators in clamping down on dodgy car emissions

Transport & Environment (T&E) welcomes the draft report and recommendations of the European Parliament’s investigation into the Volkswagen emissions testing scandal, known as the EMIS committee. The draft Dieselgate report, presented by co-rapporteurs MEPs Gerben-Jan Gerbrandy and Jens Gieseke, rightly identifies the key failures of national regulators to implement the current rules on vehicle testing: failure to independently test cars in order to verify cars’ performance on the road; failure to search for illegal defeat devices despite clear obligations to do so; and failure to put in place and apply dissuasive penalties on car manufacturers.

Published on December 20, 2016 - 12:01

A low-trust society is a terrible thing – and has to be addressed

By Jos Dings, executive directorWHAT WE LEARNED IN 2016: This piece is not to add to the incredible volume of thoughtful analysis on what made Brexit and Trump possible – let alone to offer a solution. It is about what it means for NGOs in general and T&E in particular, and what we can do now.What it means? Put simply, bad news, and not only because the Brexiteers and Trump are  no tree huggers. Green and less green politicians come and go after all. 

Published on December 16, 2016 - 18:25

Electricity and transport’s ‘coupling’ needs more work

By Jelena Simjanovic, clean energy directorWHAT I LEARNED IN 2016: I joined T&E in late summer, soon after the European Commission published its Low-emission Mobility Strategy. Its goals looked promising: increasing efficiency of the transport system; speeding up the development of low-emission alternative energy for transport; and moving towards zero-emission vehicles. While I had a general idea about biofuels and sustainability issues around them, I entered the transport world after 10 years of working on a variety of energy sector issues and carbon markets. I feel privileged to have a job where I can learn as much as I have learned in the past five months, while at the same time utilising my extensive knowledge of the electricity and energy markets for the discussion on transport electrification and development.

Published on December 16, 2016 - 18:06

COP22: aviation emissions under Paris

Aviation is responsible for an estimated 5% of climate change, however the Paris Agreement left it unclear who is responsible for regulating the sector’s emissions. At the conclusion of COP21, the UN’s aviation agency, ICAO, and the aviation sector itself committed to substantial climate action in 2016. Now is the time to evaluate whether they followed through on that commitment. The two measures adopted in 2016 – a CO2 standard for new aircraft and a global market based measure to stabilise emissions at 2020 levels fall far short of what the Paris Agreement requires. Neither will have a meaningful impact on aviation emissions. Much more is needed – both greater ambition at ICAO, but also developed countries must go first and take serious action to reduce emissions from the aviation sectors which dwarf emissions from developing countries.

Published on November 14, 2016 - 16:02

If no IMO action, Europe must include ships’ emissions in its 2030 climate target, say EU lawmakers

The pressure on Europe to take action on shipping’s climate emissions is building after the International Maritime Organisation (IMO) decided last month to delay by at least a further seven years any decision on a global agreement to cut greenhouse gas emissions (GHG) from ships. Leading members of the European Parliament called the delay an abject failure by national governments and the shipping industry.

Published on November 10, 2016 - 12:06

Europe doesn’t have enough sustainable wood and cow dung to meet its unrealistic bioenergy projections – new analysis

Sustainable wood waste, agricultural residues, manure and other organic residues generated in Europe will only cover around 80% of the EU’s projected bioenergy use in 2030, a new analysis by green groups BirdLife Europe and Transport & Environment (T&E) reveals today. If Europe does not limit the use of bioenergy eligible to meet the EU’s 2030 climate and energy targets, the shortage may well be met with unsustainable wood and food crops from home and abroad, the NGOs warn.
Published on November 10, 2016 - 09:37

ICAO and IMO after Paris: did they deliver?

When? 
Wednesday, November 16, 2016 -
11:30 to 13:00

The Paris Agreement’s objectives cannot be achieved without action to address rapidly growing emissions from international aviation and shipping, however these emissions sit outside of national targets. At the conclusion of COP21, the two UN agencies which regulate these sectors (ICAO for aviation and IMO for shipping) promised big action in 2016. Did they deliver? The event will consider what progress, if any, was made this year, what impact it may have on these sectors and what needs to happen now. 

Published on November 7, 2016 - 13:11

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